How to Profit from Your “Great Ideas”
If you have great movie ideas in your head, but you don’t know how to write, I suggest you take that as a sign from the universe that you should pick up a pen and put your great ideas down on paper and learn to write. Write a treatment, follow up with a 90- page script, then rewrite it, perfect it, register it, copyright it, and put it in front of people who can make it, or make it yourself. At that point, you no longer have a great idea; you have an actual screenplay that you can get made in the real world.
Good Will Hunting is an incredible film, by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Their great writing abilities paired together with an amazing concept earned them Oscars for Best Screenplay.
The time and effort you put into your amazing idea will pay off big-time, and you’ll be on your way to making something real happen. The sad thing is that many “idea people” don’t really want to do the work; they just want to try and shop their ideas around. So I take the simple, practical approach that requires nothing more than hard work, hustle, and determination: take your movie idea and write it down, turn it into a great script, and only then will you have a shot at making something real happen.